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Northwest Missouri State University

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

May 3, 2013

Von Holzen named vice president of information technology

Dr. Roger Von Holzen

Dr. Roger Von Holzen

Northwest Missouri State University announces today it has named Dr. Roger Von Holzen as vice president of information technology. Von Holzen will oversee the University’s technology systems as well as the Office of Institutional Research.

“Roger will bring a great deal to the table, not the least of which is his long-term focus on technology in the classroom,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “His focus on student learning and information technology along with IT as a service component to the rest of the University will help deliver enhanced capabilities for our students, faculty and staff. The field of information technology continues to change rapidly, and Roger will ensure we collect inputs from key stakeholders, though research and hands-on demonstrations to drive applications focused on the future as we provide value-added services.”

Von Holzen joined Northwest in 1987 as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems. He was appointed director of Northwest’s Center for Information Technology in Education (CITE) in 1999 and has been involved in various technology initiatives undertaken by the University, with a primary focus on the incorporation of technology into the learning process. He also is the director of the Northwest Missouri Educational Consortium, director of Textbook Services at Northwest and has served as interim vice president since the fall of 2012.

“My first day as a faculty member at Northwest was the day Gov. John Ashcroft switched on Northwest’s Electronic Campus,” Von Holzen said. “Since that time, I’ve been fortunate to have many opportunities to participate in a wide range of campus technology initiatives involving an extensive array of wonderful colleagues. This new path will enable me to build upon the solid IT structure established by Dr. Jon Rickman and to work closely with a strong group of talented people in order to meet the teaching, learning and support needs of all members of the Northwest community.”

Von Holzen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in history and broadfield social sciences. While teaching high school for 10 years, Von Holzen obtained a Master of Education degree in computer studies from Northwest. He completed his doctorate in instructional technology from Texas Tech University in 1993.

Dr. Darla Runyon, who serves as assistant director of CITE, will assume the role of director of CITE, Textbook Services and Distance Learning, effective May 6.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468